A Qualitative Investigation of the Urban African-American and Latino Adolescent Experience with Wildlife

Short Description

FigureThe wildlife-related experiences of urban African-American and Latino adolescents has had very little investigation. Four conditions were identified as important in shaping four general processes that describe the wildlife experiences of these adolescents. The four conditions are demographic characteristics, socialization, place of residence, and wildlife encounters. The four processes are connecting with wildlife, selective engagement with wildlife, tolerating wildlife, and wildlife disconnect. The findings suggest that African-American and Latino adolescents demonstate differing levels of interest and appreciation for wildlife. It was found that three general conditions should be present to foster an appreciation for wildlife in these urban adolescents: childhood access to wild places, supportive mentoring from adults, and positive encounters witha variety of wildlife species.

Suggested Citation

Van Velsor, Stanley W., and Charles H. Nilon. "A Qualitative Investigation of the Urban African-American and Latino Adolescent Experience with Wildlife." Human Dimensions of Wildlife: An International Journal 11.5 (2006): 359-370